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Jewish World Review
August 25, 2008
/ 24 Menachem-Av 5768
Old whine in a Democratic bottle
Now that John McCain is closing in on Barack Obama in EVERY major poll, some in the so-called objective media are working overtime to convince you otherwise. Leading the prop-up-Obama pack is The New York Times, which today published the results of its own poll of 869 registered voters. Like clockwork, The Times chose to highlight what it describes as McCain's "more negative tone" in the campaign and writes that this strategy "could prove risky."
Risky? Because according to this survey, Obama's favorability ratings remain slightly higher than McCain's? What about the fact that less than half of registered voters think Obama has the "right" experience to be president, while 80% believe McCain does, according to an LA Times poll?
Every presidential election season, when the Republican candidate gets tough and the Democratic candidate starts to drop in the polls, the Left starts whining about negative campaigning. On television chat shows we hear high-minded blowhards demanding a "more civilized debate" that addresses "the real issues."
But let's be clear: If anyone wanted to skate through this election season without a real discussion of the issues, it was Obama. It was Obama who turned down the chance to have several town-hall meetings with McCain. Presumably, real issues would have been discussed. Yet Obama prefers events where he can speak in the broad generalities of "hope and change" as he did in Berlin to cheers and accolades.
Democrats keep doing what has failed them in the past. Complaining about negative campaigning makes them look weak. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the race. Weeks have passed since that Paris Hilton/Britney Spears ad came out, and Barack Obama is still bringing it up in speeches. This just demonstrates its effectiveness. You would think that by now, Democrats would understand that they make zero headway with swing voters by going on and on about negative ads.
What works with the voters isn't wailing about the "Republican Attack Machine" what works is presenting them with a real plan to keep America strong and help our economy grow.
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